Closer examination of the pollen enabled scientists to identify many flowers that were present, all of which had some therapeutic properties.
This practice would be similar to more recent human cultures who in certain parts of the world used memorial tombs often carved out of the inside of a natural caves using a stone rolled in front of the entrance to seal shut the tomb cave.
The skull was unlike anything seen before, having a flattened cranium with a heavy brow ridge above large eye sockets.
Nearby, workers also uncovered an assortment of thick and heavily fossilized bones.
This brain size allowed for large cerebral hemispheres.
Yet they left almost no permanent record of their presumed intelligence or culture.
Without such abilities, the concepts of life and death or a God could not be imagined.He considered that the flattened head was caused by repeated powerful blows (his examination was done pre Darwinism 1859).When more finds came to light with what also appeared to be rickets, it was considered far too much of a coincidence and for lack of any other explanation they became relegated to a sub-human category.Some say he could walk the streets today in a suit collar and tie and be unrecognized, well maybe in New York, but about as unrecognizable as the incredible hulk without his green paint, would be a fairer reflection. The fossils indicate they were substantially more muscled including the children.
Neanderthal fossils lack the predominant chin of humans and a last set of molars.They had well muscled chests, long bodies, with shorter legs.